How to Prepare your Car for Winter Driving

Prepare your car for winter driving

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter Driving

 Imagine you and your family driving into town for a fun weekend adventure. It’s been snowing, with the temperatures often falling below zero. You come around a corner and encounter slush that jerks your car to the right, popping your tire and breaking your axel. This all could have been prevented with a pre-winter checkup and a little more preparation.

Snow, wind, ice, and slush are a few winter obstacles that can turn our exciting holiday adventures into an accident waiting to happen. Winter driving elements place strain on the vehicle that isn’t usually present, so we can be in real trouble if our cars are not winter-ready. Here are just a few ideas of how you can be prepared for the cold, keeping your car on the road and yourself and family safe.

Check your battery

Car batteries don’t do well in cold temperatures. Even if your battery has worked well during the summer, it is a good idea to get it tested. Even with a good battery, purchase some jumper cables; they may come in handy for you and others during the cold winter months.

Schedule a Car Inspection

A car checkup, by a licensed professional, can solve problems before they happen. A checkup will inform you if your brakes, radiator, filters and other systems need to be repaired or replaced. This can ensure that your internal systems will not be a problem due to the cold.

Keep Fluid Levels Full

Keep your gas tank at least half-full to prevent the gas lines from freezing. Ensure the antifreeze, brake fluid and oil levels are correct.

Park in a Garage of Under a Cover

Parking in a garage or under a cover will protect your car from the damages snow can have on your car. It can assist in the life of windshield wipers, door handles, and mirrors. It will also keep lines from freezing and breaking. Check with your mechanic.

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Tips for Successful Proactive Driving

Driving Tips

Driving can be dangerous, especially if a driver is not prepared for precarious situations. Too many drivers in the United States are not prepared to drive proactively. Proactive driving is preparing for anything that can be encountered on the road, including collisions, poor weather and bad drivers.  Proactive drivers can save lives and thousands of dollars in insurance premiums. Here are just four ways a driver can learn to be a proactive driver.

1. Plan for the unexpected- Storms, detours and other road hazards can cause you to be late for meetings, sporting events and other activities.  Being late causes you to speed to make up for lost time.  Plan for at least 10-15 minutes of delays when you are driving so you can follow all traffic laws, keeping you and others safe.

2. Don’t wait for others to do what they are supposed to do- If you have been out on the roads you know not everyone does what they are supposed to do. Some are speeding, some don’t look for others as they pass and some are distracted by texting or other non-driving activities. When driving, do what you should do and be prepared to react to drivers who do not care for your well-being.

3. Take a driver’s education course- Learning traffic laws, good driving techniques and reaction skills can be a lifesaver for thousands of people each year. Be sure to research good driver’s ed. courses in your area– learning from law enforcement can be a great learning opportunity.
4. Be focused on driving- 
Do not text, change the radio station, change music on your iPod or any other activity that would take your attention off the road. Ten percent of all car accidents happen when drivers are distracted, don’t be part of the 10 percent.

Just remember,  driving is a privilege and people are counting on you to drive safely. Learning proactive driving skills can keep you safe on the roads and get you to your destination safely.

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